Doot Doot Doo

Aunt B. is weird. Whenever she’s bored or something pleases her, she sings “Doot doot doo.” It’s very funny. I always make fun of it. Uh… I like pie.

7 thoughts on “Doot Doot Doo

  1. Dear supermousey,
    Can you tell me how to get a now 7-year-old female child to clean up her room? Cheerfully and without resistance?
    A concerned parent.

  2. Aunt B.! I am not pathetic! How DARE you type that!

    Now, Ginger, tell your 7-year-old to clean her room really good. If she does a good job, give her a reward. You know, ice cream or something. Pretty soon, she’ll learn to do it on a regular basis. Then, after she gets it, tell her not to expect a reward. If she doesn’t pick up her room after you take away the reward, tell her to talk to SuperMousey!

  3. The whole “clean your room” thing is too big a thing for the 7-year-old brain to grasp, maybe. (Or even the 42-year-old brain, judging from the condition of my room this morning.) With my kid, I found I had to be very specific and limited about what I wanted done — “First, you need to pick your clothes off the floor and put them in the hamper. Then, you need to put your dress-up stuff back in the box. Last, you need to put your books back on the shelf. When that’s done, tell me and I’ll help you make your bed. I want you to have this done by….(whatever time, usually 15-20 minutes.) Whenever that little bit is accomplished (never more than three tasks), that’s it for the day. No more bitching and lots of praise. Timing’s also important. The clean-up around here always takes place about a half-hour before bedtime, so that the room is tidier in the morning; she got to where she really liked puttering around in her room as a quiet wind-down and she enjoys a clean room in the morning. Now she’s expanded it so that she lays out her clothes for the next day (we hit the concept of “outfits” a couple of months ago). She’s also expanded it herself to dusting, but that’s because she’s nutty about Swiffers.

    I think that kids honestly want to feel helpful and be helpful, but they need some guidance about what their parents need and they often need to be encouraged to figure out what they can do for themselves. I’ve resigned myself to the fact, though, that no amount of reminding or encouragement is ever going to get it through to my kid that we’re always always always going to need forks and glassware at every meal. Every single day, it seems to come as a big freakin’ surprise. So every kid has his or her issue.

  4. Wonderful advice from the supermousey, eggnog, and bridgett!
    I’d say this has been a very productive day, indeed.

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